Scott’s Fairy Wrasse

(Cirrhilabrus scottorum Cook Islands)

Cirrhilabrus scottorum, commonly known as Scott’s fairy wrasse, is a species of marine fish belonging to the family Labridae. Here are some key points about this species:

  1. Appearance: Scott’s fairy wrasse is known for its vibrant and striking coloration. Males have a bright red or pink body with a purple head and blue markings around the eyes. The dorsal fin is elongated and often has elongated filaments. Females and juveniles have more subdued colors, typically orange or yellow with some markings.
  2. Size: They generally grow to about 8 cm (3 inches) in length, making them relatively small among wrasse species.
  3. Distribution: This species is found in the tropical waters of the western Pacific Ocean, particularly around Indonesia and the Philippines.
  4. Habitat: Scott’s fairy wrasse inhabits coral reefs and lagoons with abundant coral growth. They are typically found in relatively shallow waters, often near drop-offs and areas with rich coral cover.
  5. Behavior: They are diurnal (active during the day) and feed primarily on small crustaceans, zooplankton, and other small invertebrates. They are known to hover above coral branches and dart out to catch prey.